What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby


Although I haven’t been to the derby (yet), my bridal shower was a Kentucky Derby theme and it was so fun seeing everyone dressed up in their hats and dresses. The date of the derby didn’t work out for me this year, but my husband and I are already planning on going next year. Here’s what I wore to my bridal shower:

920096_10200970889255016_1506322719_oDress – Eliza J, Hat – Brooks Brothers

My tips for derby style:

A hat or¬†fascinator is the main focus of your outfit, so start there and create an entire look to compliment your headpiece. Don’t just wear any hat with a big brim or else you could look like you’re wearing a beach hat. Nordstrom and Modcloth both have lovely choices!

Wedges are the way to go if you plan on walking across grass. You’ll want to wear something you feel comfortable standing in all day. I love these Land’s End wedges!

You’ll be glad you remembered your sunglasses, but make sure they’re more on the lady-like side to coordinate with your outfit. These are my all time favorite pair from Modcloth.


Have you been to the Kentucky Derby?


3 Comments on What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby

  1. Alex
    April 27, 2015 at 1:42 pm (8 years ago)

    You look stunning! That j.crew dress is so beautiful. I’ve never been to the derby, but my hometown has the Aiken Steeplechase which is a cutest small-town alternative.

    Alex | Mrs. Mason Dixon

    • thedressdecoded
      April 27, 2015 at 8:05 pm (8 years ago)

      thank you so much! is that north carolina? sounds great!

      • Alex
        April 29, 2015 at 1:55 pm (8 years ago)

        South Carolina! Just across the river from Augusta, GA.


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